Reports have been emerging throughout the past 24 hours that the Hokies are close to naming former Texas assistant head coach and offensive line coach Stacy Searels as the next offensive line coach, replacing Jeff Grimes. The rumors had intensified about Searels being the frontrunner over the past few days with former Wisconsin and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line coach Bob Bostad also being rumored. The good news for the Hokies is that Searels will have a chance to make an impact on the Class of 2014 with National Signing Day still a couple weeks away.
Stacy Searels has a grea reputation for building very good offensive lines and he has done it at major programs like Georgia, LSU, and Texas. All three of those programs have seen Searels improve their offensive lines, especially his stops at Georgia and LSU where most of the statisical information supports that. Searels also has success at Texas lowering the number of sacks the Longhorns gave up which could be a good sign for the Hokies, especially with the high chance of a pocket passing quarterback taking the job in Blacksburg.
Searels is a very good receruiter that has roots in the Southeast after he played his college football at Auburn while also growing up in Georgia. The Hokies have had some success in the past with recruiting in the Southeast and Searels could provide a big boost in the Hokies’ battle to get 4-star receiver Isaiah Ford. The most important thing with Searels is he seems to be a high character guy which fits in perfectly with Beamer. Searels is also part of a small group to be awarded the NCAA Award of Valor as Searels received it back in 2001 along with 2 other coaches he was with at Appalachin State. Searels along with the other two coaches saved a lot of people from a fiery crash which is just more proof of Searels’ impressive character. The Hokies have made a very good hire in getting Searels to come to Blacksburg after not being retained in Austin.